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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 3.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 10.2% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Nebraska 5.3% -3.4 +2.2
Omaha 6.5% -3.7 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 50,934. There are now 18,457 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 32,477 -18,457 +16,941

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 6.7%
May
2020
13.3% 5.3% 6.5% 32,477
April
2020
14.7% 8.7% 10.2% 50,934
March
2020
4.4% 4.0% 4.2% 21,230
February
2020
3.5% 2.9% 2.9% 14,393
January
2020
3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 14,683
December
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.9% 14,692
November
2019
3.5% 3.0% 3.0% 14,829
October
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.0% 14,985
September
2019
3.5% 3.0% 3.0% 15,131
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.1% 15,258

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.